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352 Leon Ave
British Columbia's Family and Immigration Law office located in Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada
Family and Immigration Law Office

Based in Kelowna, I accept cases in the Okanagan, Kootenays, Lower Mainland, and throughout British Columbia. My preferred areas of practice are (1) Family Law with an emphasis on litigation services, (2) Immigration Law with an emphasis on assisting foreign nationals immigrate into Canada, and (3) Criminal Law with an emphasis on defending those who have been charged with a crime allegedly committed within a spousal relationship

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Family and Immigration Law Office

We practice (1) family law with an emphasis on litigation services; (2) immigration law with an emphasis family sponsorships, provincial nominee programs, and the live-in caregiver programs; and (3) criminal law with an emphasis on defending crimes allegedly committed within a spousal relationship.

Mark J. Chiu Law Corporation

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Mark J. Chiu
Credentials

Mark holds degrees in Psychology (University of Calgary) and Law (University of Saskatchewan). He regularly attends the Justice Institute of British Columbia for additional training in family dispute resolution. He regularly appears in the Supreme Court and Provincial Court of British Columbia.

Values

Mark firmly believes in his duty to protect his client's legal interests, to dispense holistic legal advice, and above all else to follow his client's instructions.

Approach

Mark seeks to resolve disputes in an efficient and effective manner, whether it be by way of quietly negotiating a settlement or resolving a case at trial.

Contact

Physical Address: 352 Leon Ave., Kelowna, BC

Mailing Address: 210 - 347 Leon Ave., Kelowna, BC V1Y 8C7

TEL: 236.420.1823      
FAX: 250.984.7537
mark@markchiu.com

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"Tracing" in family law: e.g., sale proceeds of previously-owned house put towards puchase of new house purchased during spousal relationship

What happens if the character of "excluded" property has changed? For example, what happens if sale proceeds from a sale of a house that a spouse owned prior to the start of the spousal relationship are put towards the purchase of a new house purchased during the relationship that would otherwise be considered family property? This is where the concept of "tracing" is applicable. The starting point in a division of property claim is to determine what is "included" or "excluded" family property. The starting point for "included" family property is that it is divisible equally. If one spouse can prove that a particular piece of property is "excluded" family property, then the value of that particular piece of property and anything "derived" from that piece of property may be declared as "excluded" and retained by that spouse claiming the exclusion. The concept of "tracing" relates to the issue of determining what is indeed "derived" from otherwise excluded property...

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Labour Market Impact Assessment ("LMIA") and Obtaining a Job Offer

Foreign Nationals are not permitted to work in Canada unless specifically authorized. One of the ways that an employer may lawfully employ a foreign national is through obtaining a positive LMIA (Labour Market Impact Assessment) from HRDC (Human Resources Development Canada). Obtaining a positive LMIA permits the employer to persuade the Canadian authorities that it is necessary to fill the specific position with a temporary foreign worker. Even if employer is successful in obtaining an LMIA, there is still the issue of finding the appropriate candidate for the position. A practical issue for the candidate is how that person may make themselves known to the employers. This may be challenging especially for those who cannot afford to visit Canada simply for the purpose of looking for employment...

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